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May 2018

Austin Book Awards

May 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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$75

Join us for a lively evening as we honor, celebrate, and support the Austin literary community. Enjoy an awards ceremony honoring local authors while mingling and matching wits with our visiting New Fiction Confab writers. Proceeds from the event provide free writing workshops at Austin Public Library and youth scholarships for our Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp. The Austin Book Awards is an expansion of our previous fundraiser and awards dinner, Illumine. 2018 Honorees: Elizabeth Crook (fiction), Varian Johnson (young adult…

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New Fiction Confab

May 5 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Various
FREE

We are thrilled to welcome several of the most notable fiction authors to publish new work in 2017 and 2018 to the Austin Public Library for day of readings, conversations, panel discussions, and craft talks: Ramona Ausubel, Owen Egerton, Rebecca Kauffman, Jardine Libaire, Thomas Pierce, Natalia Sylvester, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. In addition to author events, The New Fiction Confab showcases local publishers and literary organizations shaping Austin’s dynamic community of readers and writers. Discover their…

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at Central: A Culinary Journey with Chef Alon Shaya

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

Two-time James Beard award-winning chef Alon Shaya, will visit Austin to share stories of culinary heritage and demonstrate recipes from his new cookbook and memoir SHAYA. He will also take questions from the audience and autograph books. Copies of SHAYA will be available for sale thanks to BookPeople. ABOUT THE CHEF: Alon Shaya's celebrated New Orleans restaurants have been hailed as the country's most innovative and best by Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, GQ, and Esquire. He opened Domenica,…

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at Central: The Photography of Garry Winogrand

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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FREE

Garry Winogrand was one of the most important photographers of the 1960’s and 1970’s, along with Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander. Winogrand was also one of the world’s foremost street photographers, whose images capture a bygone era: the New York of Mad Men and the early years of the Women’s Movement, the birth of American suburbs, and the glamour and alienation of Hollywood. His “snapshot aesthetic,” once derided by critics, is now the universal language of contemporary image making. Join…

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at Central: Our Native Sea with Jack E. Davis & Juli Berwald

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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FREE

Pulitzer prize winner Jack E. Davis, professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, will discuss his second book THE GULF: THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN SEA with Juli Berwald, author of SPINELESS (all about jellyfish). Davis will read from THE GULF and talk with Berwald about the history of that giant body of water we share with Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida; climate and cultural changes connected to the Gulf of Mexico; and our relationship to the waters…

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